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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tuesday Tunes: Dylan and the Diva

Happy Birthday to one of the original divas, Patti Labelle!
Here's one of my personal favorites from the lady:
I dare you not to tap your feet along with that song.
You may remember that tune from the Beverly Hills Cop Soundtrack in the 80s, back when Eddie Murphy was still . . . oh, Eddie. What happened, man?

Naturally, I cannot forget that today is also the birthday of one of America's most prolific songwriters, the incredible Bob Dylan. Hard-pressed to pick just one Bob Dylan tune for today, I've decided to pick two. First up, Dylan's "cubist" anthem "Tangled Up in Blue." Come on, everybody, mumble along!
Next, I had to pick the oft-covered "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" which Dylan wrote (along with a number of other songs) for the 1973 Peckinpah Western Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid featuring James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, and, in a small role, Bob Dylan himself. If you haven't seen the movie (and I suggest that you do), this song is featured in a powerful scene with the great Slim Pickens.
(By the way, see the 1988 director's cut. The original version, taken from Peckinpah and "re-edited" by the studio, was pretty much disowned by both cast and crew.)
In the interest of symmetry, here's the wonderful Ms. LaBelle again, singing "Forever Young" written by Bob Dylan.
Have a great Tuesday, everybody.

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